General swelling throughout the body.


Self-care measures include elevating and exercising swollen parts of the body, massage, and wearing compression garments.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Low urine output

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Swelling, stretched, or shiny skin
  • Skin retains a dimple after being pressed

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